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Seattle Mariners exit velocity data

You can find exit velocity — miles per hour off the bat — in a lot of places, including Statcast via MLB.com. I used some of those resources, including PitchfX, to answer a question I had. We often hear and read about exit velocity, usually on home runs. But sometimes balls hit very hard do not leave the yard or even land for hits. I wondered how often balls that leave the bat at certain velocities do indeed fall for hits. Rather than search and calculate for the entire league…

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Who’s In Who’s Out: NL Central

The National League Central saw one team break out and sent another to the World Series in 2013. It wasn’t the busiest division this offseason, but all five teams did bring in some fresh faces and some saw key pieces leave for greener pastures. It doesn’t appear that the divisional hierarchy will be changing much if at all in the upcoming year and the St. Louis Cardinals still stand out as the club to beat with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds not that far behind. Let’s take a look…

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Top 2014 NL MVP candidates

Pittsburgh Pirates centerfielder Andrew McCutchen took home the hardware after the 2013 season, posting superstar offensive numbers to pair with his strong defense and baserunning. It didn’t hurt that the Pirates were contenders, but there’s no denying how well McCutchen performed in 2013. The 2014 race starts with McCutchen, because he’s currently walking around with the title belt, but there are numerous worthy candidates to unseat the 2005 first-round draft pick. In assessing the top candidates for the award this season, I will ignore the voter aspect in my rankings,…

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